Kayak Author Award

KAA-logoThe Kayak Author Award is a five hundred U.S. dollars ($500 USD) cash prize awarded to a unpublished romance genre fiction author from one or more marginalized and/or underrepresented and underprivileged groups that traditionally faces additional obstacles to publication, e.g. authors of color, disabled authors, LGBTQIA+ authors, low-income or working-class authors.

The award competition consists of two rounds of judging. In the first round of judging, only the first five hundred (500) entries will be accepted. Submissions will be closed when the entry count reaches 500 or at 11:59 p.m. ET on September 30, 2017, whichever comes first. Finalists will be chosen from the first round entries. Finalists will submit completed manuscripts for a second round of judging, from which one (1) award winner will be chosen. Judges are romance genre fiction publishing industry professionals.

All entrants must be submit the first 3,000 words of a completed, full-length (40,000 words or longer) romance genre fiction manuscript featuring main character(s) from marginalized and/or underrepresented and underprivileged groups. The characters are not required to be from the same group with which the author identifies and the story is not required to be focused on issues of identity.

Entries should have a 3,000 word maximum. Count refers to all words making up the story (no matter the number of letters in the word). Entries exceeding the word count requirements will be disqualified.

ONLY ONE ENTRY IS ALLOWED PER AUTHOR. Multiple submissions for a single email address will be overwritten and only the last submission used.

Your entry must be original, in English, unpublished on book retailer websites, not accepted by any other publisher or producer at the time of submission. Pieces posted on websites such as a personal blog or on Wattpad are not considered published.

All entries must be romance genre fiction. Per the Romance Writers of America website, romance genre fiction is described as follows:

Two basic elements comprise every romance novel: a central love story and an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending.

A Central Love Story: The main plot centers around individuals falling in love and struggling to make the relationship work. A writer can include as many subplots as he/she wants as long as the love story is the main focus of the novel.

An Emotionally Satisfying and Optimistic Ending: In a romance, the lovers who risk and struggle for each other and their relationship are rewarded with emotional justice and unconditional love.

Kayak Author Award follows the same definition to determine eligibility for consideration.

To enter the competition, click here to submit the first 3,000 words of your manuscript. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on September 30, 2017. However, the submission form may be closed before that date once entry count reaches the maximum of 500.

Finalists will be notified on or before December 1, 2017. Instructions to finalists for submitting the completed manuscript entry will be sent directly to finalists via email. Finalist entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on December 7, 2017. Entrants not selected as finalists will not be notified individually; non-finalists will be emailed a competition status update in the weeks following the finalist notification date. All finalists must be able to submit the remainder of the manuscript from which the original entry of the first 3,000 words was submitted. The finalist entry must be a completed, full-length (40,000 words or longer) romance genre fiction manuscript featuring main character(s) from marginalized and/or underrepresented and underprivileged groups.

One winner will be selected and notified on or before December 31, 2017. Finalists not selected as the winner will not be notified individually in the weeks following the winner notification date.

The Kayak Author Award accepts electronic entries only. Once the final deadline has passed, entrants will not be able to access the online entry system; be sure to print copies of the entry form in advance. Once the submission process is closed, no edits, replacements or exchanges will be accepted. Check your spelling carefully including all information, email addresses etc. Incorrect email addresses may result in transmission of important information being delayed and/or unsuccessful. Be sure that our email addresses (anything ending in @pinkkayakpress.com) are not blocked, or you may not receive critical information.

Pink Kayak Press assumes all entries are original and are the works and property of the entrant, with all rights granted therein. Pink Kayak Press is not liable for any copyright infringement on the part of the entrant and will not become involved in copyright disputes. Pink Kayak Press retains one-time nonexclusive publication rights to two distinct excerpts of up to 700 words from the winning title. Authors retain all ownership of their work.

The prize, awarded to one (1) winner, is $500 USD. No other services or goods are included in this award. Winner is responsible for any taxes or fees associated with receiving the prize. Winners must provide an appropriate tax form (W9 or W8BEN) in order to receive their cash awards. If the forms are not received within 60 days of the request date, cash awards may be forfeited. Due to to U.S. Government restrictions we are unable to accept entries from Syria, Iran, North Korea, or Sudan.

All contest entrants must be aged 18 years or older or over the age of majority in the jurisdiction in which they reside. Every entry will be read by at least one judge. Judges’ decisions are final.

All entries must be submitted online.

If you would like to submit your entry, please do so at: www.pinkkayakpress.com/kayak-author-award/entry-form